I had very high hopes for a recent konadicure. I really did. I combined many of my favorite things: China Glaze For Audrey, China Glaze OMG, and cute characters. Sadly, not all experiments wind up with awesome results and this was one of those times. Here is a photo of a sad nail job that I could only handle for 3 days.
Maybe it looks okay in the photo but trust me, it had bedsheet texture pressed into it from a crappy top coat (*hiss*revlontopspeed*hiss*) and I was just very disappointed. IT HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL! Miserable failure!
SOOOOOOOO, obviously I have been VERY anxiously awaiting the arrival of my box of ZOYA polishes from the recent polish exchange and was crazy excited to find the shipping box placed on my chair when I got home yesterday. I (carefully) thrashed around the contents and revealed these beauties.
Some close-ups to appreciate the sparkly, glowy, shiny awesomeness.
Of course, my impatient self had to try out one of the more intriguing colors, Audrina. She is a lovely, 50's pin-up style fuscia cream. There is a berry-ness that is missing from the photos and I don't know if it's just my camera, but it is GORGEOUS on the nails. Has anyone tried those sweet plum hard candies from the Asian supermarket with the pink wave in it? If that taste could be made into a polish, it would be this one.
I'm almost disappointed that these came out more hot-pink here than in real life. It has a purpley kick that makes it really special.
You can kind of see the purple a bit more here in my konadicure. Looks like tire tracks on my tips, no? Very rockstar. I love it. Also, SOO much glossier with my Sally Hansen Insta-Dry topcoat!
Let me tell you, it wasn't just the color that wowed me. The consistency was fantastic. Thin but not watery or streaky. This was perfect in 2 coats and I am a serial 3 coater. I don't know how they got so spot on while being "big 3 free" (aka better for the environment) but they succeeded with flying colors. I'm a Zoya convert! I can't wait to test the other colors and see how they compare to Audrina.
Just to let you guys know, the current Zoya exchange has been extended through June 1st under the premise of "going green" for Earth Day. If you missed the first time around, you still have plenty of time to check these out.
I also wanted to mention that Cherryculture.com is having free shipping through today (march 10-12) and I just discovered flaky topcoats from their NYX polishes! I ordered Peach Ave and Purple Ave as well as Jungle and a couple more NYX single eyeshadows. Definitely try them if you haven't yet, they are my fav.
All this pretty polish is making me so happy and looking forward to this weekend. Share your happy and let me know in the comments what your favorite polish brand is and why. :)